Liberty Counsel Getting Death Threats Over False Reports Claiming It Opposed Law That Bans Lynching of Homosexuals

Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Kentucky.Timothy D. Easley / AP

Has the “fake news” media struck again?

Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal team known for its defense of traditional marriage in court, has released a statement correcting false reports that it opposes a law that would make lynching gays a federal crime.

“Some media have falsely reported that Liberty Counsel is opposed to banning lynching, or, opposes banning lynching of LGBT people,” a statement said. “Such reporting is false, reckless, and offensive.”

The Rolling Stone, for example, claimed Liberty Counsel was “urging lawmakers to pump the breaks (sic) on the bill.”

The bill is the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which has been approved by the Senate.

NBC made the outright claim: “Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill.”

The claims seem to be based on a report from OneNewsNow, which said Liberty Counsel was wary of naming the LGBT community in the law, because a ban on lynching should apply to everyone. And the group suspected the move was part of a campaign to embed in federal law specials rights for gays.

The OneNewsNow report, however, specified that Liberty Counsel held the position that “no one can or should oppose a bill that bans lynching.”

“We oppose lynching across the board for any person,” said Staver. “Period!”

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